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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-12-13

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THE JEWISH NEWS

ENTERING THE 501ft YEM,
OF HELP W NOY JENS

Incorporating the Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with issue of July 20, 1951

Member American Association of English—Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National
Editorial Association.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17100 West Seven Mile Road, Detroit 35,
a year. Foreign $7.
Mich., VE 8-9364. Subscription
Second Class Postage Paid At Detroit, Michigan

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

ALL 011190111 W00 1

SIDNEY SHMARAK HARVEY ZUCKERBERG

Advertising Manager

City Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the twenty-eighth day of Kislew, 5724, the following Scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion: Gen. 41:1-44:17. Prophetical portion: Zechariah 2:14 4:7.
Licht Benshen, Friday, Dec. 13, 4:43 p.m.

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VOL. XLIV. No. 16

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Page Four

December 13, 1963

Hanukah—Need for More Enlightenment

Hanukah, which now provides us with of the National Federation of Hebrew
so much joy during family celebrations, Teachers and Principals, the following
which occasions such vast opportunities needs and shortcomings were emphasized:
for the linking of Jewish devotional in -
1. The shortage of Hebrew teachers, which
was first brought to public attention by the
terests by parents with their children's
American Association for Jewish Education in
participation in the festival's observances,
Washington in 1956, has steadily increased in
traditionally demands of us that we should
recent years.
strengthen our spiritual and cultural posi-
2. Year by year, since then, an increasing
tions wherever we may reside.
number of Jewish communities have found
It is not enough for us to light the
difficulty in recruiting teachers for their
candles, to distribute gifts, to boast about
schools. Many schools are now staffed by part-
an ancient triumph over idolatry. The
time, temporary and unqualified teachers.
Feast of Lights calls for enlightenment,
3. The Hebrew teachers exchange program,
for the infusion in our ranks of that love
which has been supplying Israeli teachers to
for learning which motivated the Has-
American Jewish schools for two-year periods,
moneans to take to the sword in opposi-
has been at best only a temporary palliative
'Faith and Knowledge'
tion to attempts that were made to subject
solution to this problem.
the ancient Judaeans to strange and
4. The shortage of qualified Hebrew teach-
ers can be alleviated only through the recruit-
idolatrous religious practices.
ment and training of American young men and
In the decades that preceded us, when
women f o r professional careers in Jewish
the late Supreme Court Justice Louis D.
education.
Brandeis and the distinguished Jewish
5. However, all efforts in this direction will
Personality analyses feature the delineations of "Six Who
leader Louis Marshall were asked for
prove futile as long as the remunerating as-
Changed the World"—the title of a book about Moses, Jesus,
expressions of their views on what was
pects of Jewish education, such as salary
Paul, Marx, Freud and Einstein—by Rabbi Henry Enoch Kagan,
needed primarily to emphasize the lessons
scales, fringe benefits, social prestige, etc.
published by Thomas Yoseloff (11 E.. 36th, New York 16).
of the Hanukah festival, they replied that
will continue to fall far behind similar induce-
Dr. Kagan, who is rabbi of Sinai Temple, Mt. Vernon, N. Y.,
first in the lists of our duties was an
ments in other professions, and even in public
also is a psychologist and an author of books on Judaism and
increase in our labors for educational
school teaching.
psychiatry, and his approach to his subject is psychologically
causes.
6. In order to attract able young people to
interesting.
Hebrew teaching as a career it is imperative
This is a duty for all time, but before
In his introduction to this interesting book, evaluating "The
that
Jewish
communities
all
over
the
country
Hanukah of 5724 passes into history we
Genius and the Group," he comments:
make an immediate effort to raise the profes-
must make this a major cause for deep
"It was in the Jewish group with a high tolerance for
sional and social status of the Hebrew teacher.
community concern.
This appeal must not be taken lightly. tension that our six geniuses developed their creative powers.
We must strive to strengthen our
own unique talents were stimulated by the cultural
school systems everywhere, and in the Without the best available teachers we Their
character of their group. They were sharpened by the friction
won't
have
good
schools,
and
there
will
process of doing so we must take into
produced by the conflicts this group experienced throughout
consideration a basic need in this area of be only ill-trained students in our schools. its history. Both the tensions within themselves and their very
This
is
one
of
the
problems
to
be
community action—that of providing the
high tolerance for them were heightened by their conscious-
best teaching staffs, thereby assuring the taken seriously. It is part of the serious ness of their Jewishness.
finest available training for our children. major duty to make education a major
"The unhappy childhood in the case of each was related
At a convocation last week, in New objective in communal planning. Let it to some severe form of rejection caused by his being a Jew.
York, convened by the Central Committee be the basic call for action on Hanukah. The births of Moses and Jesus involved being saved from an

'6 Who Changed the World'
Evaluates Great Personalities

Pre-Campaign Budgeting—Dunes for 1964

A formula for the allocation of funds
raised through the Allied Jewish Cam-
paign will be developed at the annual pre-
campaign budgeting conference of the
Jewish Welfare Federation on Sunday,
and that procedure will serve as a signal
to our community to begin preparations
to meet our serious obligations through
the major fund-raising effort.
Pre-campaign budgeting conferences
call for expressions of the numerous in-
terests our community has in overseas
relief efforts and in aid to newcomers to
Israel, in the important tasks of advancing
our cultural programs, in areas of health
and welfare and community relations.
While the formal Allied Jewish Cam-
paign activities do not commence until
some weeks later, the budgeting confer-
ence is, in reality, the commencement for
the drive. It marks the naming of a
campaign chairman and is immediately
followed by the enlisting of a campaign
organization to assist in the enrollment
of tens of thousands of contributors. This
is a vital procedure, and it is of the ut-
most importance that the ablest men and
women in our midst should be chosen for
the tasks ahead.
Of even greater importance is the
need to enroll every potential contributor
in the vast army of supporters of the
causes included in the campaign, and to
this end it is necessary that all members
of our community should consider them-
selves as participants in great mercy
efforts, in educational programming, as
supporters of the projects that help the
less affluent among us..
While we are always assured of gifts
from approximately 23,000 contributors
to the Allied Jewish Campaign, there is
reason to believe that thousands more

remain unsolicited or are uriresponsiVe to
the call for action that goes forth from
the Allied Jewish Campaign. Let us hope
that, this year, the tradition that we are
rachamanim bnai rachamanim—merciful
sons of a merciful people—will prove
valid. We should aspire to reach into the
hearts of the many who have been cal-
loused in order that there should truly
be an outpouring of good deeds from our
community through the great campaign
about to be launched by the Jewish Wel-
fare Federation.
If we are to retain the high standards
for giving that have marked our com-
munity, it is our contention that more
volunteers must become available to as-
sure a much larger enrollment of con-
tributors. If this will be attained, we can
look forward to another great campaign.
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Detroit's pre-campaign budgeting con-
ference follows on the heels of the annual
United Jewish Appeal conference at
which a goal has been set for the coming
year's relief and reconstruction efforts,
and from which there emanated the call
to action to American Jewry in the
coming year.
The seriousness of existing problems
must not be overlooked. The great obliga-
tions that face us should not be viewed
lightly. While Israel is an established and
irrevocable historic fact, and hundreds of
thousands of Jews already have been
rescued from the gehennas of Europe and
from Moslem countries, so much remains
to be done that the duties that devolve
upon us and the responsibilities that stem
from the horrors that continue to be im-
posed on oppressed Jewish communities
must be viewed by us as grave duties to
be performed.

anti-Jewish tyrant. As a Greek-born Jew, Paul was always
fearful of being considered inferior to Palestinian Jews. When
Freud and Einstein were children, both their families were
forced to move because of anti-Semitism. Because of their
Jewishness both had the bitter experience of being rejected
during their school years. Throughout their lives all six con-
tinued to endure the turmoil of this rejection in their child-
hood."
Dr. Kalgan notes certain parallels between the six geniuses
described in his book, at the same time reviewing opposing
ideologies and cultures in the differing eras in which the six
personalities lived. He emphasizes that each of the six "was not
only a genius," and concerned himself not only with Jews, that
"each one changed the world."
The author turns to many sources for his material. Noted
authorities are quoted and the studies are developed in ob-
jective fashion.
In the section of "The Ways of the Hasidim," the author
utilizes the legends of the Baal Shem Tov, evaluates Hasidic
teachings, refers to Abraham Kalisker's "Communion with God

and Men" and quotes from the teachings of Mendel of Kotzk.
"The Land of Israel, Exile and Redemption" is a section

enhanced by the writings of Benjamin of Tudela (Jerusalem),
quotations from the Zohar, the Midrash, Nahmanides, Immanuel
of Rome, Maimonides and Judah Loew ben Bezalel.
In each instance, the history of the period in which the
personality lived is reviewed, and the reader not only is intro-
duced to six geniuses but also is taken on an historical tour de-
veloping mankind's experiences through the lives of men who
most effectively influenced the entire world.

WSU Press Issues 3 Literary
Criticism, Education Volumes

Wayne University Press this week issued three new volumes
dealing with education and literary criticism.
Prof. Willis F. Dunbar of Western Michigan University is
the author of "The Michigan Record in Higher Education," a
history of Michigan's acomplishments in higher education.
"The Poetic Voices of Coleridge—A Study of His Desire for
Spontaneity and Passion for Order," by Prof. Max F. Schulz of
Ohio State University, is an evaluation of Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge's achievements in poetry.

"The Newgate Novel, 1830 1847," by Dr. Keith Hollings-
worth of Wayne State University, analyzes the works of Bulwer,

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Ainsworth, Dickens and Thackeray. Enriching it are illustrations
by George Cruikshank, Hablot K. Browne and W. M. Thackeray.

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